Richard Eyre’s impeccably timed production is steeped in an almost tactile period feel for a parochial English village, full of rousing life and a sliver of darkness.
While not an outright failure, the stage adaptation of this 1964 film is bland, with a mild Gallic charm that never fully justifies its existence.
A play originally conceived for radio and then rushed to the stage by a committee of directors, Cause Célèbre would need adjustments to measure up to the playwright’s best work.
LaBute’s heavy-handed reference in his play’s title and setting to buried secrets and psychological depth is never rewarded.
In its first London revival since its 1942 premiere, the characters in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path tiptoe around emotional landmines while war goes on around them.
Driven by character development and dramatic momentum that builds at just the right pace, you leave the theatre in no doubt that you’ve had full value for your money.
There probably is a good show to be created out of burlesque, but surely you have to do more than revive the old base acts.
Although the doors have been open to the public since last November, the new theatre swung into full operation mode with the first previews of last season’s revivals of King Lear and Romeo and Juliet.
All this current production can do is remind us of other, better takes on this classic comedy.
Richard Bean’s climate-change rom-com succeeds in making political dialectic heartwarming, human and hugely entertaining